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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-15-2005, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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So I've just recently started writing my own music and I wanna know how you go about copywriting your music so that other people can't take it and claim it as their own. It's really one of my main fears because I want to share my music with other people but at the same time I've already seen people take ownership of what's not theirs so I just want to know what I shoudl do. Thanks in advance and I appreciate any and all help anyone can give me on this topic.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-16-2005, 12:08 AM
 
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Re: How do you go about copywriting your music?

Ghetto copyright = put your music on a CD and mail it to yourself. The postage date is printed on there when it goes through the post office
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Doesn't hold up for squat in court.
Go to the US Copyright office's website http://www.copyright.gov/ and download the forms you need for what ever type of work you are submitting. Create a lead sheet with at least the basic chord changes, and a melody line, and lyrics, (If any) and a copy of the work. Write a check for 30 bux for each work and send it off to:
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101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20559-6000

Depending on various things, you may get your copyright cert. back in 8-12 weeks, for me, it took aver 13 mos, last song I copyrighted, due to the anthrax scare and the implementation of sniffing equipment. Everything was put on hold until they could verify that things were clean.

Anyway, IMO the more thourough you are about depicting and describing the work to be copyrighted, the better your chances are in court if it should ever arise.

Hope this helps.

One other trick if the 30 bus per work is a tad much, you can put a number of songs together and name it a 'suite' and copyright the 'suite' saves $ on a large number of songs and you're still protected.

Good luck,

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Re: How do you go about copywriting your music?

Thanks for the info guys.
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Re: How do you go about copywriting your music?

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due to the anthrax scare
Thankfully the original line-up is back together. I'm not scared anymore.
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Re: How do you go about copywriting your music?

im going to to remember this! thanks folks!
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-16-2005, 09:38 AM
 
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Re: How do you go about copywriting your music?

You might want to send it to your country's copyright office instead of the US office.

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Re: How do you go about copywriting your music?

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Doesn't hold up for squat in court.
Go to the US Copyright office's website http://www.copyright.gov/ and download the forms you need for what ever type of work you are submitting. Create a lead sheet with at least the basic chord changes, and a melody line, and lyrics, (If any) and a copy of the work. Write a check for 30 bux for each work and send it off to:
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Washington, D.C. 20559-6000
yeah, copyright them all under a "collection of works." meaning, an album title. instead of spending the $30 per song you are copyrighting them all under album name "ABC." also you can just send a cd of the music, you don't need chord charts or anything anymore.
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Re: How do you go about copywriting your music?

I live in the UK and I mailed my CD to my bank manager and asked him nicely if he'd put it with the deeds to my property. I checked this with a mate who is a solicitor and he said it was safe as houses !!


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Re: How do you go about copywriting your music?

Sure, It'll be safe, no one will take it from the bank, but as far as prooving it's your music??? I'd check with a few more people before trying to take that one to court.

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